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making news in america this morning, dangerous storms are triggering tornadoes and strong hail overnight. plus, we have details on the storm chasers killed while pursuing those twisters and where the threat is right now. the embattled congressman investigating election meddling standing his ground this morning and growing frustrations at the white house as the questions aren't going away. >> the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight somehow that's a russian connection but every single person -- hillary clinton returns to the spotlight blasting president trump and the republicans' failed health care bill. airborne, a motorcyclist loses control and flies over a cliff. wait till you hear how he survived.
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and s good morning, everyone, on a wednesday. we'll talk about severe storms again a threat for parts of texas and oklahoma right now. a very strong storm system over central texas and oklahoma as well as kansas with large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain and tornadoes all possible before the day even starts. here's a live picture of dallas where strong storms are moving through right now. at least two tornado warnings were issued for the dallas area overnight. these scenes in the meantime, all over western texas as several tornadoes move across the prairie. no major damage reported but there were some deaths. three storm chasers hunting tornadoes colliding with each other instead. overnight violent storms hitting the south. this massive tornado touching down west of dallas. >> you see that? >> reporter: a family in helplessly watches as the twister heads for their home. >> on the ground. >> go get in the closet.
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>> the fire alarms are going off. >> go that way, please. >> reporter: the pounding hail hitting this car forcing the driver to pull over. and tragedy striking as well. these storm chasers killed in a car trash while in pursuit of tornadoes moments after this video was taken. >> we're going to stay right on this storm that we're on for just a little bit. >> reporter: kelly williamson and randy yarnell racing through the middle of rain-soaked texas. >> southwest of spur. >> reporter: their dash cam capturing the seconds before their fatal collision. williamson behind the wheel often running stop signs then suddenly they slam into another storm chaser on the hunt, 25-year-old corvin yeager. all three killed instantly. >> go, go, randy. get going. get going. >> keep going. >> yeah. >> reporter: williamson and yarnell were stars of "storm wranglers." both were legends in this dangerous field. >> one of the
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like about doing this we're able to stream it live and people can sit at home where it's safe and we're out there getting the shot. >> reporter: and true to form the men live streaming what would turn out to be their last chase. >> what a horrible scene it was there in spur, texas. now, authorities are still investigating what role weather may have played in that crash. meanwhile, here's a look at the threat in that area today. it stretches from houston all the way through little rock and memphis by tomorrow it heads east into new orleans and birmingham. and the embattled head of the house intelligence committee is facing a new wave of criticism over his handling into russian hacking. >> devin nunes is still refusing to recuse himself. now he's fending off reports he blocked a key testimony allegedly at the request of the white house. abc's janai norman has the latest from washington. >> reporter: even republicans are questioning whether congressman devin nunes can lead an impart investigation after admitting he met with the secret source on white house grounds
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with new information before telling his own committee. >> yeah, i think he owes it to his committee members to tell them who he met with and what he saw and let them look at it. >> reporter: why not recuse yourself. >> i still don't know why. if you give me a reason to recuse myself i might consider hit. >> reporter: now nunes and the white house are both denying reports the administration tried to block former acting attorney general sally yates from testifying before the house intelligence committee. >> suggesting any way, shape or form that we stood in the way of that is 100% false. >> reporter: yates who was a holdover from the obama administration was the first official to inform the white house that trump's then national security adviser michael flynn lied about his conversations with the russian ambassador. flynn later resigned and yates was ultimately fired for refusing to defend the president's travel ban. she was supposed to testify tuesday as part of the russia investigation but in a letter the justice department warned her conversations with the white house were, quote, likely covered by presidential communications privilege adding she needs to consult
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white house about whether she could testify. yates' attorney wrote to the white house counsel insisting she should be allowed to speak because top administration officials have already been speaking publicly about the matter. but she got no response and that same day congressman nunes postponed the russia hearing altogether. >> did anyone at the white house direct you to postpone the yates testimony? >> gosh, you guys ask the same questions over and over again. >> reporter: but did they? >> no, that's a total false story. >> reporter: and when house speaker paul ryan was asked if he thinks congressman nunes should step down from the investigation the house speaker simply said no. diane, kendis. >> janai norman for us with the latest there in d.c. and president trump is expected to sign a measure repealing a series of online privacy regulations issued by the obama administration. the house followed the stat's lead voting to reject the landmark protections. the bill would clear the way for internet providers to collect and sell their customers' browsing history. supporters say t
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stifled innovation and were unfair since they didn't apply to internet companies like google and facebook, critics say the move allows americans' private data to be sold to the highest bidder. sean spicer appears to be getting increasingly frustrated over allegations of a russian connection to the trump administration. spicer got into a heated exchange with veteran correspondent april ryan of the american urban radio networks when she broached the topic asking how the administration would try to revamp its image. >> if the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight somehow that is a russian connection. i'm going to answer your question. the president, i'm sorry, please stop shaking your head again. but at some point the reality is that this president continues to reach out to individuals who have supported him, who didn't support him, republicans, democrats. >> ryan later said, quote, unfortunately, i was roadkill today. last night hillary clinton rebuked spicer and came to the
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she referred to that confrontation you saw there during a speech in san francisco saying too many women have put up with being patronized and cut off. she slammed president trump for a shortage of women in top administration roles and she celebrated the defeat of the republican health care plan. >> when congress and the administration tried to jam through a bill that would have kicked 24 million people off their health insurance, defunded planned parenthood, jeopardized access to affordable birth control, deprived people with disabilities and the elderly and nursing homes of essential care, they were met with a wave of resistance. >> well, clinton urged voters to resist some of the president's policies including those regarding refugees. she said those policies will hurt people and take the country in the wrong direction. government auditors are reviewing security at the president's mar-a-lago resort in florida. congressional democrats asked for that review after repor
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that the president and japan's prime minister discussed a north korean missile launch in a public dining room there. the review will also examine the taxpayer funded travel cost for when the president goes to florida. those are estimated to be about $3 million per trip. still ahead right here, amazon's new grocery store experiment. and a plane bursts into flames after veering 0 of a runway. see the new video of passengers and their dramatic escape. plus, a standoff high above downtown los angeles. why this woman climbed a crane and locked herself inside.
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incredible new images this morning of the race to evacuate this crippled airliner in pe
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passengers had to use the emergency exits after the boeing 737 tkihe runway and caught fire. officials say there were no injuries. miraculously local media reports say about two dozen people were taken to the hospital. passengers report there were two impacts upon arrival and eyewitnesses say there may have been a strong gust of wind as the plane came in for the landing. the fire was caused about i that hard landing which is under investigation. they say the plane is a total loss. retired star gymnasts told congress about being sexually abused. two dozen bronze medalists, jamie dantzscher and jamie howard discussed abuse they allegedly suffered if a former national team doctor. >> now, i know that i'm not alone, more than 100 women have come forward and shared stories shockingly similar to mine. >> those gymnasts asked congress to put tougher sex abuse reporting standards in place for
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olympic sports. usa gymnastics is supporting a bill which would make it manslaughter t immediately report sexual abuse of amateur athletes to law enforcement. two anti-abortion activists are facing felony charges for undercover videos shot at california planned parenthood clinics. the activists say they show clinic employees trying to sell them fetal tissue. planned parenthood says the claims were false and the videos were edited and are misleading. prosecutors are now accusing them of privacy invasion saying they were flipping without concept. a law there in california. one of the activists calls the charges bogus. amazon is trying another way to sell brozrys. customers order in advance and then drive up and get the food in as little as 15 minutes. amazon fresh pickup is for prime members getting a tryout at two locations both in seattle. >> do they also cook it for you in that 15 minutes. >> that would be an amazon restaurant. when we come back a home invasion turns deadly when a
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homeowner's son shoots the suspected burglars. we have new details on the he getaway driver could be the one charged with murder. a motorcyclist loses control flying over a cliff. the dramatic crash caught on camera. but when i feel my best, i am my best. and it all starts with a healthy routine. that's why i'm taking the activia probiotic two week challenge and enjoying activia yogurt twice a day. activia with billions of its exclusive probiotic helps take care of what's inside so you can focus on being your best no matter what you do. take the activia probiotic two week challenge with me. it works or it's free. take the activia probiotic two week challenge with me. find fast relief behind the counter allergies with nasal congestion? with claritin-d. [ upbeat music ] strut past that aisle for the allergy relief that starts working in as little as 30 minutes and contains the best oral decongestant. live claritin clear, with claritin-d.
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where they were shot is now facing murder charges. without d while the man who authorities say pulled the trigger hasn't been charged at all. for him it may be a case of self-defense. three oklahoma teenagers are dead after a brazen burglary attempt turned fatal. >> it was a short exchange of words and then gunfire happened. >> reporter: police say three armed teens broke into this oklahoma home in broad daylight. >> i thought it was thunder. i just heard something. i had the doors closed. >> reporter: after an argument police say 23-year-old resident zack peters opened fire with an ar-15 semiautomatic rifle killing all three. >> preliminary investigation looks like it was self-defense. maybe a case of stand your ground, however, you know, it's still really early in the investigation. >> reporter: this morning peters has not been charged with any crime but 21-year-old elizabeth marie rodriguez, the alleged getaway driver has been arrested under an oklahoma law. police say rodri
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getaway driver. she's now in custody on three counts of first degree under oklahoma law, a person can be charged with murder if they take part in a crime in which people are killed even if the person does not take part in the killing. we get much more now from our legal team coming up on "good morning america." a woman in los angeles is undergoing a mental health evaluation following a standoff in a crane. this happened at a construction site in downtown los angeles. the woman scaled the 150-foot crane and stayed there for several hours. power to the crane was turned off. a s.w.a.t. team and firefighters climbed up and started communicating with the woman. eventually she came back down. also near l.a., a helmet cam caught the moment a motorcyclist failed to negotiate a turn on a winding road in the angeles national forest. watch as the man sails over the guardrail and off a cliff. however, he is lucky that a tree broke his fall. the tree broke his shoulde b
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that's about as bad as his injuries were. re him down to the hospital. >> also very lucky because he just missed another vehicle that was coming. >> watching that video, unbelievable that he survive, let alone got away with a broken shoulder only. the u.s. women's hockey team begins preparing. they threatened to boycott the tournament unless they received better wages. a new four-year deal triples their top wages in nonolympic years and creates an advisory group to advance girls and women's youth hockey in the u.s. now, how about some basketball? >> yes, we shall talk about saturday's final four getting closer but nba, we get the highlights from espn. good morning, america. good morning, utica, historical society. big fan, john buccigross and john anderson. two basketball highlights. john will go first. >> that's because the warriors were playing the rockets. very good game. going to be twice in four days. first two
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this one in houston. that looks like klay thompson making that shot. good forhim. up 17 after the first quarter. whoops, and a dribble off the leg. nice. >> andre iguodala with the finish. he's super bouncy. steph was just 3 of 11 from behind the arc but that was the old dagger. kevin durant not even limping went out there and dabbed him up. >> heat/pistons. a few seconds left and caldwell-pope, not the actual pope, he's not, no, he plays basketball. different pope but the pistons lead by two. now they lead by one. looks like the pistons are going to win but, no, at the buzzer, hassan whiteside scores and james johnson picks up the seven-foot-tall guy like an in
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burp him. >> in case it was locked. i don't have anything else. >> i got good morning, america. have a great day. >> thanks, fellas. up next in "the pulse," a reporter gets creative when he's not allowed to use video from march madness games. a little girl's kind jest sure when she sees an officer eating alone. to lose weight? contrave is an fda-approved weight-loss medicine that may help adults who are overweight or struggle with obesity lose weight and keep it off. contrave is believed to work on two areas of the brain: your hunger center... (woman) i'm so hungry. (avo) to reduce hunger. and your reward system... (woman) ice cream. french fries. (avo) to help control cravings. across three long-term studies, contrave patients lost approximately 2-4x more weight than with diet and exercise alone. contrave is not for everyone. one ingredient in contrave may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teens, and young adults within the first few months. other serious side effects include seizures, increase in
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♪ time for "the pulse" and start off with props for eric alvarez in nashville. he wanted to do highlights of last saturday's march madness games. >> that's when gonzaga played xavier and oregon faced kansas. the only problem was, eric's station was on air at the time and didn't have ncaa permission to use the highlights so as eric said he got a little creative. >> number
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number 11 xavier, seemed more like batman versus superman. the bulldogs simply too strong and too fast for the musketeers and gonzaga brings an aerial assault and wits it 83-59 and ducks versus the jayhawks as oregon tries to upset number one can't and guess what, that is exactly what they did. oregon wins it, 74-60. >> so, at least he had a duck. >> the key chain ring for the basketball hoop. >> he said all the props were just lying around his desk. >> the bigger question why does he have all this on his desk. >> can't wait to see what he comes up with for the final four. >> and olympics. harlem globe fraughters may have found their next star. she'll have to do a little growing up first. >> so getting into third grade might be a start. two of the trotters met 7-year-old second grader from brooklyn already with serious skills. look at her.
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heard she's a really good soccer player so already like a double threat there. >> quite an athlete. a dinner break for a police officer in suburban boston turned into what he calls the best dinner date ever. >> so while eating alone at a panera bread 4-year-old lillian decided to join him. chatting away as the sergeant ate his meal. >> afterwards he showed her his car and gave her a junior police officer sticker. the police department says this made their day. >> i like that. she[?/
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highs: 64-67 winds: n 5-10 mph tonight: mainly clear. much cooler. lows: 34-41 winds: n 5 mph thursday: mostly sunny becoming mostly cloudy late. a bit cooler. highs: 55-60 winds: ne to se 5-10
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a familiar sight outside the white
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dozens of protesters gathered on pennsylvania avenue wednesday . they were demonstrating against a new executive order-- aimed at the e-p-a. it eliminates many obama-era policies for combating climate change. environmental groups have reportedly hired scores of new lawyers in recent months are preparing to face the trump administration in court. the president says the changes-- are best for business. the executive order rescinds at least six obama orders and begins a review of the "clean power plan"
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emissions from power plants. while some of the changes are immediate... others must go through the regulatory process and will likely be challenged in court. we are learning more about a sex abuse scandal involving star gymnasts. during emotional testimony-- retired gymnasts told stories of abuse- at the hands of a doctor. larry nassar was the team u-s-a gymnastics physician for 18 years. he's facing 22 charges of sexual abuse. . the c-e-o of usa gymnastics stepped down earlier this month- after questions about how he handled allegations. right now-- the search is on for thw woman behind a bold robbery caught on camera inside an alexandria target. police say the criminal walked out with 40-thousand dollars worth of i-phones, and no one even noticed. here's the video from the target on richmond highway - just outside the beltway near alexandria. police say this woman preten
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store. then - she made her way into the stockroom and stocked up on those expensive phones. 40-thousand dollars worth of i-phones were taken. if you recognize her -- call police. dealing with some with unexpected obstacles is usually par for the course for golfers. but this one-- was a little over the top. take a look at this guy! an unexpected guest for golfers in south carolina. a giant gator snuck up on golfers going over their scores at a tournament. a second one was caught on camera at a course just a mile away. in both cases, the golfers were warned -- and as you can guess -- ran away pretty fast. it's xx and we're just getting started. right now at 4:xx too close for comfort? lawmakers from both sides of the
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seriously concerned about the chairman of the house intelligence committee. good morning washington. - sunny, less humid today - rainy friday - seasonable and mainly dry weekend - nice for opening day! today: mostly sunny. cooler, but still above average. highs: 64-67 winds: n 5-10 mph tonight: mainly clear. much cooler. lows: 34-41 winds: n 5 mph thursday: mostly sunny becoming mostly cloudy late. a bit cooler. highs: 55-60 winds: ne to se 5-10 this morning-- the top republican leading the


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